City Councilors Meet to Continue Search to Fill City Manager Position Permanently

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The search for a permanent city manager is continuing on in Charlottesville.

On Monday, September 10, City Council met behind closed doors to discuss where to look next. Council's goal for this meeting was to narrow down the search for a firm that will help councilors locate and choose the best possible candidate.

All councilors attended Monday afternoon’s meeting except for Mike Signer, who phoned into the meeting.

The city manager is appointed by council. He or she executes City Council policy and is responsible for daily operations.

Mike Murphy is currently filling the position as interim city manager after council declined to extend Maurice Jones’s contract for another year.

City Councilor Kathy Galvin says searching for a permanent city manager is currently council's top priority.

“So we made great progress today on identifying the qualities and the characteristics of the search firm that we need to be working with to pursue and find an excellent permanent city manager,” Galvin said.

Galvin says the next step is to start reaching out to possible candidates who could fill the position on a permanent basis. She says City Council is extending its search to more than just local candidates for the position.

Council will meet on Monday, September 17, at 6:30 p.m. for its regular meeting.